How to Paint a Dandelion on Your Nails (Step-by-Step Tutorial)
What Does Dandelion Mean?
The spiked, pointy shape of the petals is what gave these plants their name.
The word "dandelion" is actually from the French name dent de lion, meaning "lion's tooth".
The Beautiful "Weed": Dandelion
Taraxacum officinale, or the common dandelion, is an herb that is seen as beautiful by some and simply a nuisance to others. While many people think of this plant as just a weed, it's also used in food and medicine.
Dandelions, especially when they're in their seed dispersal state, are very popular in the art scene, being the subject for tattoos, paintings, photography and, of course, nail art!
You Will Need:
- Your nails painted a color that will let the dandelion really "pop"
- A thin nail art brush
- A nail polish color that will show up against your background color
I chose to use black and white because I love the silhouette look that only black on white can create.
How to Paint Dandelion Nail Art
Step 1: Painting a Solid Background
To make your dandelion the center of the show, begin by painting your nails a plain, solid color. You can paint them a lovely blue to represent the sky, green to represent grass, or just simple, elegant black and white.
Step 2: The Stem
Using a thin nail art brush, paint the stem at a slight angle (for a more natural look). It should hit your nail around halfway to allow room for all the fluff later on. To keep your stem from being too thick, make sure to wipe any excess polish off of your brush.
Step 3: The Center
With the tip of your nail art brush, stipple on some polish around the end of your stem to form the center of the seeds. It should roughly be a circular shape, but don't concentrate too hard on getting it absolutely perfectly round.
Step 4: The "Parachutes"
Using a brush that is almost completely dry (you don't want there to be lots of paint or else your seeds will come out like huge blobs), draw very thin lines radiating from the center of your flower. Try to make them slightly angled, even crossing over each other in places, to create depth, variety, and a more realistic look.
When you're all finished, it should look something like a bursting firework or a spider with lots of legs.
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Step 5: Completing the Fluff
With the tip of your nail art brush, dab on little dashes around the outside of your flower at the tips of the thin lines you just drew. Avoid pressing down too hard or too many times on a certain area.
To make your flower look three-dimensional, lightly dab on a few dots in the body of your flower (as if you can see through the thin seeds to the other side). When you're finished, your dandelion should be fluffy and completed.
Dandelions Around the World:
- Pusteblume, German for "blowing flower"
- Kleftis, Greek for thief (since the seeds are so hard to catch mid-air)
- Laitue de chien, French for "dog's lettuce"
- Paardenbloem, Dutch for "horse flower"
- Qasedak, Persian for "small postman" (since they're believed to bring great news)
Step 6: Adding Grass
In order to keep your dandelion from feeling lonely, you can add blades of grass using quick upward sweeping motions with the tip of your nail art brush. Overlap a few of them for a three-dimensional illusion. Also, pressing down at the roots of the grass and letting up the pressure as you approach the tip of the blade creates a natural look.
Try to make them sway in the same direction as your flower to make it seem like a gentle breeze is blowing through the area.